We are pleased to announce the publication this week of a special issue of Critical and Radical Social Work journal on the theme of Psychopolitics in the Twenty First Century.

Whether you are a service user, social worker or a student, familiarise yourself with this resource.

Many of you have been asking for something to display in universities, workplaces or to give to colleagues. please find attached a poster that you can download or print off as you wish! 

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Download this file (What is SWAN_ poster.doc)What is Swan? [Poster]31 kB

We live in unusual times. The dominant political discourse in the UK is neo-liberal, and increasingly, social work education courses are encouraged (forced?) to move away from critiquing this or allowing even brief consideration of Marxist viewpoints.

In 2004, the following manifesto was released calling for the ethical core of social work to be respected and preserved, against increasing managerialism and privatisation under a New Labour government.

  • Hope for Social Work: Baby P Pamphlet

SWAN put together a booklet on debates and issues raised by the Baby P events in 2009. The booklet runs to 116 pages and includes contributions from leading social work academics (including Peter Beresford, Sue White, Chris Jones), frontline workers, service users and trade union officials (from both Unison and Aspect). The contributions are all a response to a lead article by Iain Ferguson and Michael Lavalette.

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